26th Annual Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition

April 18–30, 2013
Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus

Reception: Wed., Apr. 17, 5-7 p.m.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9214 or cbradley@cca.edu

A juried exhibition of award-winning artworks by students in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts.

Simpson Award Winners

The following students are the 2013 recipients of the 26th Annual Barclay Simpson Awards:

  • Dit-Cilinn
  • Rachel Granofsky
  • David Ohlsson
  • Margo Wolowiec

This year's jurors: Amy Owen, curator at Di Rosa, and Jordan Stein, cofounder of Will Brown Gallery and visiting artist coordinator at the Exploratorium.

Artist Bios


Dit-Cilinn was born in Mora, Sweden in 1983 and raised in Pattaya, Thailand and Gothenburg, Sweden. At 16 Dit-Cilinn began taking self-portraits that explore the intersection between life and art, a dynamic she has continued to develop through sculpture and installation.

Her work has been exhibited at Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm; FOR-SITE Foundation, Nevada City; CMU Gallery, Chiang Mai; Röda Sten, Gothenburg; and the Gothenburg Museum of Art, among other places.

She attended the Royal Institute of Art and received her BFA at Valand Academy in 2009.

David Ohlsson

David Ohlsson was born in 1985 in Eksjo, Sweden, and spent his youth in rural seclusion, enduring the long, dark Nordic winters by consuming sugar, German electronic music, and experimental cinema.

Between 2008-11 he studied at the Royal Academy in Stockholm and Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Ohlsson has exhibited at SOMArts Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, San Francisco; Delta Gallery, San Joaquin; Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm; Konstakademin, Stockholm; Bodyhammer Gallery, Gothenburg; FOR-SITE Foundation, Nevada City, among other places.

Rachel Granofsky

Rachel Granofsky was born in 1980 to a family of painters, writers, and animators in Montreal. She spent her childhood spying on musicians in her father's basement recording studio, concocting magic potions using shampoo and toothpaste, and celebrating the birthdays of inanimate household objects.

As an adolescent, she began photographing her friends as a way to capture the theatrical atmosphere surrounding them.

She has exhibited in shows curated by Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Center for Architecture, CBC3, Photographers Forum, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. Her current pictures are composed of painted and collage elements arranged for the precise point of view of the camera to distort perspective. These assemblages question the automatisms of perception in photographic representation.

She received her BFA in photography (with distinction) from Pratt Institute in 2003.

Margo Wolwiec

Originally from Detroit, Margo Wolowiec's work often resides between mediums, using material processes and concerns as a way to activate archives of history, memory and immateriality. Her work has been shown at the Brooklyn Arts Center; The Center for Performance Research, New York; and Uri Gallery, Seoul. She also cofounded and directed Janus Project, an alternative gallery space in Brooklyn.

She received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago.

About Barclay Simpson

Barclay Simpson, the namesake of this award, is chairman emeritus of Simpson Mfg. Co. He is chair of the board of trustees of the Berkeley Art Museum and sits on the board of Girls, Inc. of Alameda County.

At CCA he has served in several leadership positions, including advancement committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Mr. Simpson and his wife, Sharon, have given generously to CCA over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998 the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus, was created using a generous gift from the Simpsons.

The Simpson Library -- much larger and better equipped than the previous facility -- enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection.

The Simpson name also graces the award-winning Sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993. The couple has also been generous supporters of the Center for Art and Public Life and the CCA Scholarship Fund.

In recognition of his many contributions to the community, Barclay Simpson was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from CCA in 2005.